There is a lot of discussion among auto body experts about what you should do when your vehicle is damaged with dents and in need of repair. The differing opinions may be confusing and costly. So, before you opt for a full auto body replacement, you may need to explore your options first. Below, we address the circumstances that warrant paintless dent repair and the circumstances that warrant a full auto body repair.


If you have any further questions about your auto body damage, contact us today. We can perform a complete assessment of your vehicle to determine which type of repair your car will benefit from the most.

When You Need Paintless Dent Repair

Paintless dent repair serves a specific purpose and is most beneficial in specific situations.


But first, what is paintless dent repair?


Here is a simple explanation: Paintless dent repair is a method we use to “pop” or “massage” a dent out using manual tools and careful pressure until the vehicle panel is smooth with no dings or dents. We apply the pressure from the inside the vehicle panel. When the process is complete, you will never know there was a dent in the car’s body. The car looks new once again.


What are the benefits of PDR?


●        We don’t have to repaint the panel.

●        We don’t have to replace any part of the vehicle.

●        The process is quick and easy.

●        The repair is affordable and costs less than a body replacement.

●        Most insurance plans will cover the work.

When You Need an Auto Body Replacement

While paintless dent repair has numerous benefits, it is not always appropriate.


So, how do you know when you need the auto body replaced or repainted? If there is extensive damage to the vehicle panel, or if the paint was cracked or scraped, then you may need to replace the damaged area or seek another method for repairing it. You should only hire a technician to perform paintless dent repair if there is no indication that the paint or metal was cracked, scraped, or damaged.

How To Tell What Your Best Option Is

Some auto body damage is so extensive that an average car owner can tell what type of work needs to be performed. However, if there is slight damage—say, hail damage or small dings—then you may want to visit a paintless dent repair shop first. Why? Because an auto body repair technician may tell you that you need extensive auto body repair or replacement when, in fact, it may not be necessary. A technician that specializes in paintless dent repair will have no choice but to tell you if paintless dent repair can be performed.


The bottom line: you won’t get taken advantage of.

Schedule an Auto Body Inspection Today

At Dent Heads, we specialize in removing door dings, creases, hail damage, and dents from your vehicle while keeping the original paint job intact. Drop your car off at our shop in Bloomington, or we can come to you with our remote dent removal services! We offer both in-shop and mobile services throughout the Twin Cities metro area.


To find our more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us at  612-986-1171. You can also message us on our contact page.